Stir Me Up
Author: Sabrina Elkins
Publication Date: 10/01/13
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….
Praise for Stir Me Up:
"Fun, steamy, and leaves you hungry for more. Sabrina Elkins nails the vulnerability of becoming an adult and the choices that come with growing up." —Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To
"Cami's slow burn for a wounded hero will rivet readers. I seriously loved this book." —Jennifer Echols, author of Dirty Little Secret
"This book is one of my favorite young adult contemporaries. Not only does it feature a hot romance, it's also very meaningful and well, you just have to read it and see." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
Before signing up for this tour, I checked out the reviews on Goodreads to see if it was worth reading. There were a lot of people who thouroughly enjoyed it, and othes who thought that it was okay but wasn't the best thing they had ever read. After seeing several of the positive reviews, though, I decided that it would be a good chance to take. I'm glad I did. While Stir Me Up wasn't aimed at my age group, I enjoyed reading it. I don't read a lot of YA romance - mostly because I prefer paranormal romance novels and crime novels - so I don't know much about the genre, but I think the novel was definitely successful.
I think most of us have been in Cami's shoes. At that point when you're finishing your last year in high school and you know exactly what you're going to do when you're done - almost to the point of stubbornness. It's easy to have everything planned before you actually jump into it. Cami is a true high school student, ready to get out and do what she wants to do. As a character, I think she was well-rounded. She has goals and aspirations, but she's not perfect and her life is not a piece of cake. This is made most obvious when wounded, twenty-one year old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to stay with her family as he recovers from his wounds. She loses her room to him and is forced to interact with him despite his surliness and bad attitude.
Cami is not the type of girl who takes it lying down, though. If she is going to be forced to deal with him, she's going to do it on her terms. She's not going to let him bother her, and she refused to treat him like a wounded bird. The anger and rudeness he gives her, she gives it right back to him. She refuses to let him walk all over her just because he's angry.
This is definitely the kind of romance that I like. The slow, anger-originated, can't-get-him-out-of-your-head-because-he-makes-you-so-mad, hate-relationship that really is just a guise for passion that just isn't being funneled the right way. The "slow burn" is so much better than a relationship that starts with a quick infatuation.
I would suggest this to anyone who likes romance with a military love interest, YA romance, romance, or a good, well-rounded read.
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